January 9, 2023

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Historical Commission

Old Cahawba Archaeological Park to Host “Road to Freedom” Wagon Tour for Black History Month

Orrville – Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, the state’s first capital and famous ghost town, is hosting the annual Road to Freedom wagon tour in celebration of Black History month on Saturday, February 4, 2023.

 

Learn about Cahawba’s African American majority as you trace the path from enslavement to freedom with a special emphasis on how formerly enslaved residents reshaped Cahawba as they pursued their dreams of equality. The tour features historic places throughout the park such as the Crocheron Columns, the African Methodist Episcopal Church ruins, the Fambro house, Barker’s slave quarters, and more.

 

“I like to start this tour by asking participants to consider what they would do if suddenly, for the first time, they were told they were free,” said Site Director Linda Derry. “Then, as we tour historic locations throughout the park, we discover the first freedoms that Cahawba’s newly emancipated people sought. This can be a humbling experience.”

 

One hundred years before the 1965 Voting Rights March in nearby Selma, this community of emancipated African Americans gathered around the courthouse in Cahawba and exercised their right to vote and for a brief time gained political power.

 

The tour will begin at 10:00 am and will last for one hour. Seating is limited to 28 spots and tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 334-875-2529.

 

 

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About Old Cahawba

Old Cahawba lies at the confluence of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers, and from 1819 to 1826 it served as Alabama’s first about Old Cahawba, please visit http://facebook.com/OldCahawba/

 

About the Alabama Historical Commission

Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please visit ahc.alabama.gov  

 

 



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